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Tree Helicopter - The Numbest Station


Published April 14, 2013


00_Tree_Helicopter_-_The_Numbest_Station_01_front.jpgOne of my treasured possessions as a child was a portable shortwave radio. For such a small thing it seemed quite capable of picking up stations all over the globe. I spent countless hours slowly turning the dials from one station to another, and tuning into the multitude of voices and musics of the world.

Like any shortwave enthusiast, I soon discovered and was enchanted by those odd transmissions of recorded voices uttering sequences of numbers, often alternating with little melodies or series of tones. I learned that these stations had something to do with international espionage, which lent a certain spooky glamour to them.

Many were the nights I'd bring my radio to bed with me and seek out a numbers station, then let these mysterious sounds lull me to sleep. To me, they were just enchanting patterns, like music, and I did not care what they meant or for whom they were intended.

Similarly, I enjoyed the sounds of the spaces between stations, or the highly distorted signals carried from a great distance. I found these crackles, oscillations and muffled communications quite fascinating and pleasant.

This piece, nearly an hour long, is a generative work using recordings from shortwave radio, including numbers stations, as source material. The goal was to create something abstract and soothing, an interpretation of and tribute to the sounds I long ago fell asleep to. My memories of those experiences are certainly the deepest roots of my aesthetic as a sound artist. --CP McDill


Notes

Buddhist on Fire releases dark ambient, experimental, field recordings, sound collage. Live shows from the Sadayatana Podcast and projects from The Chestnut Tree are also featured. Everything is released using a Creative Commons license.

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Reviewer: mystified - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2013
Subject: Awesome
Awesome drone, just so. Well done! More, please.
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